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Gold medallist's parents fly home

Rebecca Adlington's parents Steve and Kay
Rebecca Adlington's parents saw her record-breaking swim

The parents of a double Olympic swimming champion from Mansfield have flown back from Beijing.

Rebecca Adlington, 19, set a new world record with her second swimming gold medal in Beijing with victory in the 800m freestyle.

She won her first gold in the 400m freestyle on Monday.

Her parents Kay and Steve missed her first victory because of an internet ticket scam but were in Beijing to watch her record-breaking swim.

'Training hard'

Miss Adlington said: "They've supported me through absolutely everything and I'm sure that it meant just as much to them as it did to me, if not more.

"My Dad was more emotional than my Mum. Honestly, he'll hate me for saying that but he was absolutely blubbering like a baby, I couldn't believe it."

Back home in Mansfield, Mrs Adlington said: "For the next four years, every morning she can wake up and think: I won two gold medals in the last Olympics. "

Her father stressed his daughter's priority was to get back into her training routine.

"After her swim she said to us she just wants to get back, get her head into swimming again, and training hard, which was very encouraging for 2012."

Mayor of Mansfield Tony Eggington said the town was planning a huge civic party for her on her return next week.

He said: "It's all about 'welcome home Becky, thanks for the great job you've done and now come and inspire all these other youngsters to 2012'."

Rebecca Adlington is already tipped as favourite to win Sports Personality of the Year.


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